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Aaron Borrill

Aaron is the editor of off-road.cc. Born and raised in South Africa he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. As the former tech editor of Cyclingnews and Bike Perfect, digital editor of Bicycling magazine and associate editor of TopCar, he's travelled the world writing about bikes and anything with wheels for the past 17 years. A competitive racer and Stravaholic, he’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, raced nearly every mountain bike stage race in South Africa and completed the Haute Route Alps. He's also a national-level time triallist and eSports racer, too - having represented South Africa at the 2022 UCI Cycling eSports World Championships. 

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1 month 3 weeks ago

I had WTB Riddlers factory fitted on my bike. They were OK generally (I only suffered punctures from thorn hedge clipping). However they were a real pig to mount on the (WTB) rims. The reason was the sidewalls are covered with an exposed mesh weave which offers high friction against the rim edges, so it was damn difficult to get the tyres to pop onto the bead. I had to go over the max pressure by some margin. I tried various tricks to lube the sidewalls, but there isba limit to what you can carry in a saddle bag. In the end I used graphite dust, which didn't look pretty on the tan sidewalls. And I still had to resort to extreme pressure, and cajoling and massaging the damn tyre to get it to cooperate. It was knackering!

I replaced them with Panaracer Gravel King SK which simply glide onto the bead with no effort and no drama. Chalk and cheese difference.

1 month 3 weeks ago

For some reason the attachment didnt render.  It was a screenshot from the Vaast shopping cart saying 

"Shipping is currently available in the US only. If you are interested in a VAAST Bike outside of the US please contact us for a list of distributors and retailers."

1 month 3 weeks ago

 

 

Its a bit weird calling out its great availability when its only available in the US.. and no pricing in £

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